Hands-On Science

After launching last year's “Science in the Valley,” a successful, hands-on program that brings science to life for late elementary and middle school students, Trinity Western University's Eve Stringham, PhD and Craig Montgomery, PhD are at it again. This year, the program doubled in capacity, running two hour workshops on campus from May 1 to May 30 attracting over 900 students

The professors implemented the program in response to studies which show that kids begin to disconnect from science during the late elementary and middle school years.

“Science in the Valley hopes to reverse this trend,” says Stringham, Associate Professor of Biology at TWU. “The workshops are deliberately relevant and actively engage students in the process of science while augmenting the grade six and seven curriculum. We believe it's vital to get students excited about science at an early age.”

Many students from last year's inaugural program wrote in to expressed their gratitude and excitement generated from the hand-on involvement with science. “Thanks for teaching me about microscopes,” wrote one student. “I really liked the glowing worms.”

Stringham recalls one young boy who was so excited about what he was learning that he stayed in the lab, asking questions as long as he was present. “His interest and excitement made the whole thing worth it,” says Stringham.

For more information about Science in the Valley contact Liz Robertson at (604) 513-2121 ext. 3073 or Liz.Robertson@twu.ca.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,300 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 15 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum